Why are owls so wise? Perhaps it's because they're utter badasses.
Ferocity is essential for a bird whose frigid, spotty range extends across northeastern China, the Russian Far East and up toward the Arctic Circle, one that breeds and nests in the dead of winter, perched atop a giant cottonwood or elm tree, out in the open, in temperatures 30 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Dr. Slaght’s colleague Sergei Surmach videotaped a female sitting on her nest during a blizzard. “All you could see at the end was her tail jutting out,” Dr. Slaght said.
The New York Times Science section
gives an update on some current owl research. [more inside]
posted by medusa
on Feb 28, 2013 -
Open air sports stadiums often have issues with birds
, and other wildlife. Common preventative measures include ultrasonic devices
and bird netting
. But Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium - one of the venues for the 2010 World Cup - has taken an all-natural approach. It is working with the Urban Raptor Project to install raptors
, bats, and owls to patrol the stadium
for various pests, while a trained peregrine falcon
chases away crows. This is not a new technique - Millennium Stadium
in Wales has long used a Harris Hawk
for bird control. But according to the NMB stadium manager, it "is the only stadium with a programme like this in place as a pest deterrent".
posted by gemmy
on May 31, 2010 -
Owls are rad.
Sometimes they look kind of metallic and scary
, sometimes wise
, sometimes puzzled
, and sometimes like skulls
); sometimes they sound like dogs or pigs
, sometimes they sound like a little train
, sometimes they sound alarmed
, (Index of MP3s
); sometimes you come across an extensive gallery of Central and North American owls
, and even a description of the '04-'05 Northern Owl Invasion
; sometimes it's a dynamic range map of Owls of the Western Hemisphere
; sometimes it's the OwlCam
homepage with downloadable owl movies
, sometimes it's a series of articles on all things owl
; sometimes at BiologyBase
it's a printable owl sighting lifelist
, sometimes it's Ruru, the morepork
, New Zealand's native owl at NZBirds
. Or, w0t! w0t!
, it's attracting barn owls
and building nest boxes
at World Owl Trust. Previous MeFi birding FPP.
posted by OmieWise
on Mar 28, 2006 -
It's nice to know that people can still have big dreams.
This is not hallucination; these guys are very serious and very practical and their credentials suggest that they know exactly what they're doing. It's the same team which is just finishing the Very Large Telescope
project, which when complete
will be the biggest scope in the world, and will be more sensitive and get better pictures than the Hubble. Scopes #1 and #2 are now online, #3 is in engineering shakeout, and first light for #4 is coming shortly. All four scopes will work together
to generate images using interferometry.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Jun 17, 2000 -